travel diary

My Ultimate Comfort Food Spots

I'm all about eating healthy but there's nothing like a good cheat meal at one of my favorite non-fussy places. Part of the fun of comfort food is that it feels like home—there's no need to dress up, you just hang with friends and fam, talk for hours and eat really yummy food. Check out where I go when I need to get my grub on in LA and NYC!

The Cheesecake Factory is such a classic in my opinion. I've been going with my family since I was a baby! Their menu feels endless—the cheesecake is obviously to die for and the strawberry lemonade is the best. There are locations sprinkled all throughout SoCal and the U.S., but I love the original Beverly Hills location.

I feel like everyone has their cozy hangout breakfast spot and Nate'n Al is definitely mine. I've always gone with family and family friends. It kind of just feels like home. I always order a scooped-out toasted bagel with smoked salmon and cream cheese—mmm. Everything is good here!

Swingers is the cutest diner ever and is definitely my late-night spot (it's open until 4 AM!). After a party or event, I love to meet up with friends here, sip some milkshakes and eat chili cheese fries. It still has that old-school vibe which I love. You can't go wrong with anything greasy here! 😉

The Smile is one of my favorite restaurants in New York. It's tucked away under a building and is super cozy. I love their breakfasts—I order anything cheesy and gooey, lol. They have healthy options too, in case you aren't in the mood to indulge.

I included JG Melon in my burger diary already, but I love it so much that I had to shout it out again, lol. Seriously, the best burger! Gigi showed it to me and I've been hooked ever since. All the burgers are incredible and the fries are amaaaaazing.

(photo credits: cheesecake factory, nate n' al, AKM-gsi, swingers, jg melon, the smile, getty images)